I’m going to keep this one short, but just know that the newest Lunasia location in Torrance (replacing the previous Happy/Little Sheep spot in Rolling Hills Plaza) is rock-solid dim sum in the South Bay. About time! They still seem a little slow, perhaps working on some kinks, but I went with my parents to celebrate Lunar New Year last Sunday. Many hits, only one miss (), and several that were true highlights ():
Beef Tripe w/ Scallion Sauce
Scallop Dumpling w/ Squid Juice
Jumbo Shrimp Har-Gow
Sticky Rice Wrap
Pan-fried Turnip Cake
Pan-fried Bun w/ Crab Meat
Siu-Mai w/ Caviar
Chinese Broccoli w/ Oyster Sauce
Salted Egg Yolk Bun
Rice Noodle Roll w/ Shrimp
Spinach Shrimp Dumpling
Salt & Pepper Calamari
Stir-Fried Pea Sprouts w/ Egg and Tofu
Sesame Ball + Macao Style Egg Custard
Overall, very pleased to finally have Dim Sum in the South Bay that’s on par with the SGV!
The Sesame Ball and Macao Style Egg Custard are separate orders, but we had to flag someone to check on the order because after 90+ minutes they hadn’t arrived.
The Marinated Jellyfish was bland; it was marinated in a hint of chili oil, but needed something else – I’m used to a vinegar-based version. This lacked flavor and was all texture: chewy.
Service is via smartphone; each table has a unique QR code to access the menu and order. Flagging staff is hit or miss, and service requests were not always promptly fulfilled.
English menu does not indicate the number of items per order, and while most items have pictures, the pictures are not representative of the item number.
We arrived about 5-10 minutes before their scheduled 10:00am opening, but they did not open the door or begin seating until 5-10 minutes after 10:00am.